Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm and Surrogacy, Oh My!

Saw something alluding to this article today in the elevator. Of course I had to google it as soon as I got back to my desk at work. The article is about the emotional difference (if any) between children conceived from donor egg, donor insemination, surrogacy and those conceived 'naturally'. The long and short of it is that there's not a lot of difference between the different segments; teachers note more emotional issues (for lack of a better word) with those not in the naturally conceived category. There was some differences seen between the groups of kids who were not conceived naturally that new how they were conceived and those who did not. I don't think I'm doing a very good job of summing up this article - sorry.

It's an interesting read. In Canada, donor eggs are not really an option for most people because the clinics are only allowed to do donor egg procedures where the donor is a known relative/friend of the patient and where no money has passed hands between the two. I have high FSH - not extremely high at this point, but if I had waited a couple of years donor eggs may have been my only option. I don't have anyone in my life that I would want to ask for their eggs. So, unless we spent the money to leave Canada for the procedure getting pg wouldn't even be an option.


Mums_the_word said...

For what it's worth (and I hope you don't have to go that route)... I know a gal at my clinic who's using donor eggs... and she doesn't know the donor. As long as she doesn't "buy" the eggs, and it's all done through the clinic, it's legal.

Apparently the clinic I'm at does it on a fairly regular basis.

Sweet Georgia said...

Good to know. Hopefully, I won't have to go down that route (touch wood!) But, it's nice to know that the route may still be open.